Illegal drug use surges among US baby boomers: Survey
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The use of illegal drugs among Americans in general is holding steady, but it's surging among middle-aged baby boomers, according to report released on Wednesday.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicated that 9.2 per cent of Americans aged 12 and over, or 23.9 million, were current consumers of illicit substances.
That's down slightly from rates of 8.7 to 8.9 per cent in 2009 to 2011, said the report, sponsored by the United States government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
But among adults aged 50 to 64, illicit drug use has grown substantially - a trend that the report attributed in part to "the aging ... of members of the baby boom cohort" born between 1946 and 1964.